Funding Opportunities for Women

Our funding opportunities page is designed to offer links to websites for research funding information specifically for women. If you know of a funding opportunity that you would like to share, please email WISMAC.  We recommend searching for research funding opportunities by use of COS (formerly known as Community of Science) through the UT Southwestern Health Science Digital Library and Learning Center.


Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers: Institutional Transformation ADVANCE Grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For information, please visit the Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation

AAUW Educational Foundation, the world's largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

Graduate Women in Science

Sigma Delta Epsilon offers grants and fellowship opportunities. Read about them in Graduate Women in Science.

National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF)

NMF fellowship programs offer minority medical students the opportunity to study or serve in internships under the guidance of prominent mentors in areas including: biomedical research, community medicine, pediatric nutrition, and substance abuse research and treatment. Priority is given to second- and third-year students. Fellowships are not renewable.

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF)

ELF, established in 1907, makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. Students must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and within two years of completing her course of study. The current maximum loan is $12,000 ($20,000 for doctoral degree) at 3 percent interest and due six years from the date of issue. Following the graduation date originally stated on the application, interest will begin accruing and will be billed on an annual basis.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE)

PCE was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry Into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), participating institutes and centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) announce a continuing program for administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or attend to other family responsibilities. The aim of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter biomedical and behavioral research careers.